Man pleads guilty to theft, breach of peace in Apapa 

Apapa Magistrates’ Court. PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPS & PORTS archive.

A 26-year-old man identified as Obinna Ifediva on Thursday pleaded guilty before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly damaging American barbwire, stealing phones and causing breach of peace in Lagos.

Ifediva is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, willful damage, stealing and breach of peace.

The prosecutor, Inspector Sunday Bassey, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on February 1, 2019 at about 10:15am at Km 23, Badagry Expressway, Maza-Maza, Kuje Amuwo, Lagos.

“The defendant conspired together with others at large to wilfully and unlawfully damaged one iron barb wire valued at N80,000, 8 galvanized poles valued at N100,000 and American barb wire valued at N120,000. Total value of damaged items worth N300,000 properties of Constant Link Ventures Nig. Ltd,” Bassey said.

The prosecutor also said that the defendant stole one Tecno K7 phone valued at N36,000, one Tecno WH3 phone valued at N21,000 and one recommended eye glasses valued at N21,000. Total value of items stolen worth N85,000 properties of one Nicolas Uduikue.

Bassey said the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by engaging with others to display in public place with dangerous weapons to scare away staff and passengers of Constant Link Ventures Transport Company.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 411, 350, 287 and 168(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

Upon the guilty plea of the defendant, Magistrate A.S Okubule adjourned the case till March 25, 2019 for facts and sentence.